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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414322267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414322261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,673,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By PastoralMusings VINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Time constraints hinder me from writing a lengthy review. I shall simply say that I looked forward to receiving this book when Tyndale asked that I review it.

The book is well written. It is anecdotal. It does not pretend to give a theology of God's speaking. It gives accounts of people who believe that they have heard the voice of God in various ways.

I tend to shy away from some of the more sensational seeming things that are said about God speaking to people. Does He speak in dreams? Does God use circumstances? I'm open to those possibilities.

The authors write and use experiences from their lives as well as the testimonies of others.

In the end, they seek to emphasize that all experiences in which one thinks he/she has heard from God must conform to the Scriptures. I like that.

A very interesting book. It is thought provoking. It is enjoyable. I may take it off the shelf and read it again.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James H. Green on April 27, 2009
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As a child in Sunday school I often wondered why God spoke regularly to biblical figures, but I had never heard of anyone living who claimed God had spoken directly to him. The authors have. The book documents many stories of people who have heard God speaking to them, sometimes in clear English, but more often in far more subtle ways.
It is clear that the authors mean that God does literally speak to those who are sensitive enough to detect his message through nine ways: our circumstances, other people, history, nature, dreams and visions, emotions, our conscience, and his word (the Bible). They suggest that if we fail to hear him speak, it is likely because we have not yet learned to listen. They provide little guidance, however, for us to distinguish between a genuine communiqué from God and a message originating in our own mind or imagination.
The writing style is breezy with many incomplete sentences and paragraphs of fewer than half a dozen words. My high school English teacher would have worn out her red pencil on this manuscript. The authors often use modern jargon, I suppose in an attempt to keep the mood casual. Some readers may be offended at the flippant rewriting of biblical stories and dialog. For example, when Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, the reply in this book "Yeah, you know I'm fond of you" is considerably more casual than any version of the Bible that I'm familiar with.
If you're looking for evidence that God truly speaks to people, either now or in biblical times, this book will disappoint. The case histories are merely a recitation of events that can be explained in many different ways. In fact, the authors raise thoughtful questions about the stories with a refreshing lack of dogmatism.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. HOLCK on April 7, 2009
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These authors have a way of taking real world experience and finding the spiritual message in those experiences. You will love some of the stories they tell that detail how God spoke to a variety of people --- today -- in modern times. This book is entertaining and causes you to pause and think about what God is saying to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
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What would you do if someone told you God spoke directly to him or her? What does it mean for God to speak; is it a feeling, an audible voice, a dream, or a physical presence? Does God really provide us with signs regarding His will for our lives? These questions, and many others, are pondered in this book.

I think I anticipated that this book would help me better recognize God speaking in my life. I am not sure anyone can actually help me in that area, and I think it was naive of me to think that this book would either. The book talks about ways people perceive God speaking in their lives, but it also does a fair share of casting doubt on the legitimacy of those claims. I kind of felt there was some double speak, since the book talks about ways God can speak, then seems to raise doubts as to whether those things actually are God speaking. Is God sending us a sign, or are we merely seeing what we want to see. I left the book feeling no more or less convinced about God speaking in anyone's life, let alone my own. A better title, to convey the message of the book, would be Nine Ways God May Speak.

The book has an anecdotal nature. In some ways this is good, and in some ways it is bad. It is good when relating actual anecdotes, stories of people who feel or perceive God at work in their lives. However, the anecdotal nature, when relating biblical stories, does not work for me, and instead comes across as irreverent. Some people may like this writing style, may feel better able to connect with the scripture that way, but for me, it was distracting.

I can see that this book could be very helpful and inspirational for those seeking books on spiritual growth. For me personally, however, it just did not connect.
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2009
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Nine Ways God Always Speaks: * Offer Only Available In Certain StatesThe subject of this book is absolutely one which should have strong appeal among Christians. So it was with eager anticipation that I began reading. But, alas, within a very few short pages it became apparent that this work is severely juvenile in two respects. First, it is adopts language one would expect from teenagers. The following are but a few choice examples. On page 18 they speak of Mary visiting Elizabeth and tell us that "she starts babbling about how good God is..." The passage they are referring to is found in Luke 1:46f where we read of Mary saying, "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. " (NKJV) I searched half a dozen dictionaries for the word "babbling" and failed to find a single meaning which would line up with Mary's language.
I also found their comparison of Mary's words to that of a boy named Mark a bit offensive. (p. 18) Do the words above equate in modern language to a teenager saying, "My feet didn't touch the ground...?" Mary's language was God-centered; Mark's was self-centered--just to point out the obvious.
Further, the statements about Jesus and "the twelve buddies he roamed the countryside with..." offends me. (p. 21) Master/Teacher/buddies--is that the way we see the Son of God? And roaming the countryside as in "we have no particular place to go, is that the picture you get from His travels? I think He was deliberate in every move He made.
Juvenile in language, however, is a small problem; juvenile thinking destroys the work.
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